3 unconventional (and surprisingly affordable!) Los Angeles wedding venues

Guest post by Kimmy Erin

I often help local friends plan their weddings, and holy crap it's SUPER hard to find “affordable” venues in Los Angeles. So I asked my friend Kimmy, who's currently planning a $10k wedding in LA, to weed out her favorite cheap but awesome LA venues.

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ZOMG, getting married in Los Angeles is so expensive. The wedding industry is stupidly pricey already, but then add a major city into the mix — especially a city that throws million dollar parties weekly — and finding a place to get hitched with a $10K budget becomes seemingly impossible. But no fear, after months of research I'm here to reveal four surprisingly sensational venues I found in Los Angeles that are as fun as they are freakishly cheap.

Caveat: I chose places that offered good value, which I define as offering tons of perks and amenities in the base price. There are venues that might be as cheap, but don't offer anything but the space, which, may make your life needlessly more difficult.

Seriously, short of getting married in a backyard, you won't find cheaper in Los Angeles! These places will make your day as woodsy, sparkly, feminist-y, or vintage-y as you want it to be without anyone knowing how little you paid for it:

Nature Friends

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$2200 breaking your bank? How about $1500 for your up-to-70-people wedding? Not bad, huh? Nature-y, beautiful, amazingly majestic views but with a fantastically rustic cabin as your centerpoint, Nature Friends in Sierra Madre also happens to be a non-profit for environmental issues. So you're saving pennies and the planet! WIN WIN!

The Thursday Club

Thursday Club exterior.
You like women's rights, right? Good. Then you'll love The Thursday Club, a La Canada-Flintridge historical building that dates back to the early 1900's when women were gathering to win suffrage. And because they love hooking other ladies up, they only charge $1500 for your wedding.

A gorgeous kitchen, beautiful courtyard, lovely garden, and grand hall with Spanish style details and chandeliers throughout make the party planning a cinch. BYOB, easy free parking, uber-cheap table rentals, and a super-dope stage are just added perks.

Oviatt Penthouse

Oviatt at night.

Okay, okay, so I like old shit. I'm sorry — it's just so pretty! Especially the Oviatt Penthouse, an architectural gem of LA built in 1928 that was only just recently opened to the public and events.

For a base price of $2700-$4000, the five-room penthouse includes a billion lbs (guesstimate) of Lalique crystal and glass and marble entirely imported from France. The outside patio is stunning, especially at night when the surrounding buildings and the clock tower above shine around you. Plus, there's a “powder room” (no, really, it has a few hidden cocaine trays in the bathroom), and velvet carpets, multiple bars, tables, chairs and your choice of linens are included, there are amazing photo ops, and delicious food that is entirely custom to your wishes and dreams and ethnicities!


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Comments on 3 unconventional (and surprisingly affordable!) Los Angeles wedding venues

  1. I’m getting married at the Oviatt Penthouse soon (Nov 2014). The site fee is *totally* dependent on day of week. Per the website, in 2015, a Saturday evening is 5,800 but I opted for a Sunday brunch reception at $1,000. With all assorted fees, it was $1,500. That includes tables, chairs, heating lamps, linens etc. It looks like M-Th would be the same ($250/hr * 4hr min)

    They also do the catering, which going by the website again goes from about $40 – 80pp. I picked out my own menu w/a LOT of food for $46 per person (chicken/waffles, prime rib…). There’s a service charge, but no cake cutting fee. It’s a steal if you compare it to say, a hotel ballroom with food and drink minimums. I was quoted $5,000 and $8,000 for nearby venues during the same day/time, but I didn’t have a BYOB option and none could compare to the Oviatt.

    My Sunday morning reception is under $8,000 for food, site, and all related fees. Including a bartender for the alcohol I bring! I just don’t get the glamour of city lights at night.

  2. I’m getting married this Aug on a Tuesday and have a really tight budget. I’d like to stay under $5 for 100-125 persons. I’m looking for a place that I can bring in my own caterer. Being a Tuesday, I know some places may offer discounts. Any ideas?

    • omg that’s my budget with 110 people. did you find anything? Im going crazy looking for something affordable.

  3. Looking for suggestions on affordable ($5-$6K) outdoor reception venues in or near LA/OC? Please help!!!

  4. I saw a FREE backyard Glam Garage in Los Angeless listed on Airbnb as a wedding or reception venue. Now that’s different. The wedding and reception are both FREE if your guests pitch in and rent the vacation house for everyone to stay overnight. Not bad if you’re having a small budget wedding of under 100 people.

    https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11626792

  5. May I suggest Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. Its a wonderful lot full of victorian Homes. Its a DIY venue and price starts at $1500.00 for 50 people, $2500.00 for 100, $3500 for 150 plus $500.00 deposit. Only thing is, you decide to have more then 100 guests you are required to rent portable restrooms. The rent price might sound high, but they allow for you to set up the day before and take down the day after your event. Also, its outdoors!

  6. These comments are the real meat of this article. Thanks to real life Angelenas for helping another sister out. No date set, would love to do it for as far under $10k as we can.

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